Cause and Effect
It’s really no wonder that there is an obesity epidemic in America. Food is everywhere we look; sitting along the roadsides, calling at you in bright colors from grocery stores shelves, and glowing in vending machines down the hallway. There is no way to escape the never ending advertisements from fast food restaurants. This is where obesity begins; an excessive amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass (ObesityinAmerica. org). Although we are living in a country with great economic power and amazing technology, we are also living in a country with the smallest nutritional knowledge.
Despite America being one of the most industrialized nations, the country is definitely not one of the healthiest. We are living in a land overwhelmed with obesity. America is home to the most obese people in the world. Obesity in adults has increased 60% within the past 20 years and obesity in children has tripled in the past 30 years (Doane 2010). A staggering 33% of American adults are obese and obesity related deaths have climbed to more than 300,000 a year (Doane 2010). Lawmakers have even tried to impose a new tax rule called a “Twinkle tax”, which tax unhealthy foods to try to persuade people out of buying them.
This method has been termed as unconstitutional, and will most likely not take effect. Americans are also overweight due to the lack of exercise. There is more time spent on the couch in front of the television, than in the gym. Just an hour a day could better your health. Obesity is rank as the second leading cause of preventable deaths in America, following smoking by one percent (Rigby, James 2003). People can set limits and health plans early in their life to overcome this new threat. Fast food restaurants are quick to deny the blame that is being thrown at them by angry consumers and health professionals.
The restaurants have become typical in the past 30 years and practically all of America takes part of the cheap prices, quick services, and tasty meals. Convenient as they are, these meals that the fast food restaurants serve contain no nutrients. The meals are made up of mostly saturated fats and refined carbohydrates and are packed full of sodium and sugar (Doane 2010). A meal from Burger King, including a hamburger with french fries, has 50 grams of fat and 2000 calories, which is almost enough to fill someone’s fat and calorie intake for a day (Rigby, James 2003).
When obesity has taken its toll on someone, the weight loss and health risks are overwhelming. If people’s obesity become severe that drastic actions are needed; there are several options that are available to them. With obese people regular diet and exercise are not much of an option; they may already be too overweight to work out and doing so could impose major cardiovascular problems. Maybe there is an obesity epidemic an America, but we as Americans can change that by making better choices in what we eat on a daily basis.